Dragonmaster University Chapter 34.The Morning after with laughter.
Jona slowly became aware of the sound of a heartbeat. Sprite moved around in his arms on the verge of wakefulness.
He had hoped to sleep late, after yesterday, but the school had burned into his brain the need to be at class, on time, every time.
Professor Vale, he thought, had used the power of the suggestion, to make an alarm clock in his head.
Kolo woke with her hand over Jona’s heart feeling the beat of the muscle all night long. The healing nature of dragons helped the human’s overtired muscles as he slept all night without moving.
Jona slowly tried to extricate himself from Sprite and Kolo, then he became aware that Kolo was awake and watching him try to move Sprite to the pillow covered in a curly, soft hair that reminded him of a Llamadoodle, a hypoallergenic hybrid of a camalid and a wool-bearing canine.
Dreading his exit from Kolo’s bed, he hurt so bad the night before. His feet hit the floor…
And it was as if he had done nothing strenuous at Professor Vuul’s class!
He stretched, a glorious, long, tingling stretch that made his whole body feel ready for anything. The robe caressed his skin as he moved, it was the most comfortable morning to wake up he ever experienced.
“Feel better?” Kolo asked in a soft voice.
Jona held a finger up to his lips, pointing at Sprite. Who promptly jumped up and crawled up his arm with lightning speed, squeaking “Mo-da! Mo-da!”
“Da?” Jona asked.
“Dad.” Kolo laughed.
“OKay, I need to go to my room, any way I can go there without being seen?” Jona looked out the door self-consciously.
“No one cares, at this level.” Kolo opened the door and walked out wearing her nightclothes. “You do not need to worry about the whispers and embarrassment. That is a human invention in some societies. In the dragon society, we sleep together often. Or have you not paid attention to your dragon studies?”
“Well, yeah, I just.” Jona looked out the window. “I never had this happen to me.”
“Jona.” Kolo caressed his cheek. “Nothing happened, you were in a healing cuddle. Dragons do it all the time, how do you think we live so long? Two dragons can heal each other better than one dragon can. If alone, a single dragon spins a cocoon and sleeps, the healing happens there, and we can share the healing touch.”
“I know.” Jona smiled. “I felt no pain when I got up, as bad as I hurt last night, this morning was great.”
“Good, we can do it again more often?” Kolo tilted her head to the side. Her eyes, more human than many dragons, still glittered like cut glass when she was enjoying something. “We could, y’know, see each other daily.”
“I… Uh…” Jona looked like a child caught sneaking one of his mothers fresh cookies.
“Go on, you.” Kolo laughed. “You cannot tell when you are having your mind messed with.”
Jona laughed nervously and walked out into the hall, towards his room, some thirty steps away.
His classes started in an hour, he still should eat breakfast before heading to his class on human-dragon history, then back to Professor Vuul’s smite shop and his turn back at the bellows.
The bellows, buried in his memory cells, was a full body workout. The Professor let him heat up and beat on some metal, but the Professor chose the hammer, a hammer nearly as long as Jona’s forearm. It was another three-hour workout scheduled that proscribed by Hephaestus in his textbook of metal sciences.
It would be a shower again tonight, maybe Kolo was right. Cuddling with her to heal would prepare him for the class five days a week.
THAT was something Jona would look forward to.